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    • 1 Post By Elana

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        05-04-2014, 09:39 AM
    Saddlebred cross

    My horse, Irish. I've been wondering for a while about his conformation. Any help is appreciated!

    Also, I know he looks downhill, he's standing on a slight slope. I also know he needs more muscle. Working on it.
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        05-04-2014, 11:12 AM
    If you could square him up and take them on level ground that'd be awesome.

    He looks downhill and something looks off about his front right (closest) leg but that could just be how he's holding it. Also, either his mane is laying weird or he has something off in his neck.

    I'm not an expert though. We need Elsa to come look at him lol.

    He does have an awesome color.
        05-04-2014, 12:09 PM
    Can't say too much about good or bad confo from those pics, he needs to be level and square to really see what's what.

    BUT! I see a Saddlebred, long skinny neck (normal), long back (normal for them) and withers that would make bareback impossible. What's he crossed with? I like his eye and what I can see of his face/head. Can't comment on any other part really because of the pic.
        05-04-2014, 02:52 PM
    I'll find another picture of him when I can get on the main computer. We think he has arabian in him. (Told to us by an Arab trainer who took a look at him.)
        05-05-2014, 10:34 AM
    I found one, but he's at an angle. I'll get another photo of him actually straight next time I'm at the barn. Yes it's the same horse, he just turns red in the winter. :)

    Here's another that's more straight, but the hind legs are off.

        05-05-2014, 10:43 AM
    Originally Posted by ForeverSunRider    
    I'm not an expert though. We need Elsa to come look at him lol.
        05-05-2014, 10:47 AM
    Originally Posted by Canterklutz    
    LOL! That's funny!
        05-05-2014, 06:24 PM
    Anyone? I found another photo. I hope it helps.

        05-06-2014, 12:13 AM
    I'm by no means a conformation expert, but he looks like he has very weak muscling along the topline. What do you do with him? He could benefit from lots of long and low work...

    Very cute face :)
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        05-06-2014, 07:50 AM
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    There are some very nice features to this horse but his over riding poor feature negates what is good. This is his coupling and back. He is sway backed with a long and weak coupling and the entire horse is too long. This is in conjunction with a high set to his tail which results in a pelvic tip forward.. adding stress to the weak coupling. You can try to help this by long trots up long hills with you in a two point and the horse on a loose rein. This means riding and doing this 4-6 days a week for life..

    The other negative is at the other end of the horse where the neck ties in very low to the chest. The result of this, along with the high tail set, is a horse that is down hill in body. The hill work mentioned above will be the only way to get the horse physically able to achieve even a remote semblance of shift of weight to the hind quarters and some collection.

    All that said, the topline of the neck ties nicely into his withers. His legs have adequate bone. His knees and hocks are well placed and from the stifle down I like his hind leg.

    Try trotting up long hills and repost photos in 6 months. I think you can help him be better than he is.

    BTW who the heck is Elsa????
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